Yonkers Public Schools provides transportation to eligible students based on the philosophy that the bus ride is an extension of the school day.
To ensure the safety of each passenger, it is the responsibility of all students and parents to be aware of and comply with all established bus safety procedures.
The Transportation Department’s goal is to provide the safest and most efficient system for all the students served. To assist in maintaining this goal, parents/guardians are asked to stress to their children the importance of proper behavior, safety and respect for all others’ rights while going to and from school.
Students in grades prekindergarten through eight receive yellow school bus transportation services if they attend a school that is at least one and a half (1.5) miles from the home address. Specialized transportation services are available for students with disabilities with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that requires pupil transportation. All specialized bus routes are mandated to have a school bus monitor. Many, not all, of the general education bus routes are assigned school bus monitors as a courtesy of Yonkers Public Schools.
Morning School Bus Pick-Up:
- Parents/guardians are responsible for getting their children to the morning bus stop location.
Afternoon School Bus Drop-Off:
- All children under 8 years of age and Students with Disabilities must be met by a parent/guardian or designee. If the parent/guardian or designee is not present at the stop location, the student is transported to the Student Transportation Center at One Larkin Center.
Transportation will be provided ONLY to students who attend a school that is at least 1.5 miles (walking distance) from the home address or have an IEP that requires transportation service. The students’ distance eligibility is determined by a state approved routing system; we do not refer to GOOGLE Maps/Map Quest to determine distance eligibility.
Students eligible for transportation will be notified before school begins in September.
Special Busing Requests:
Students who require special busing including: non-public school transportation, alternate pick-up and drop-off requests or transportation to Board of Education approved after-school childcare providers must submit the Request for Alternate School Bus Transportation application to the Transportation Department, online, no later than April 1 preceding the school year.
Request a Different Special Education Drop Off
Complete the Request for Alternate School Bus Transportation application to request a change to your child’s drop-off location. We can only approve requests if we have an available driver and vehicle, and it can take up to 5-7 working days to approve.
Late applications will be processed in the order received and only if a seat is available on an existing bus route. Students will be assigned to the closest existing stop, new stops will not be created for late applications.
Make Sure We Can Reach You
Contact your child’s school to keep your address and emergency contact information current. We need to have an accurate address and contact information for each child we serve. We rely on this information to contact you in case of an emergency.